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Orangutans learning to use iPads

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jan 2012 22:33 User comments (16)

Orangutans learning to use iPads Orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo have apparently been using iPads since May and could eventually use the tablets to video-call other apes at other zoos.
Conservationist Richard Zimmerman of the charity Orangutan Outreach says the next step is to give the tablets Wi-Fi access, allowing the apes to watch their primate buddies in other zoos.

The orangutans have been using simple apps like "Doodle Buddy" to draw. Says Zimmerman: "What we really want to do is to allow the orangutans to really play - to do paintings, to watch videos, to do almost as a human child would do with basic curiosity."

Zoo keepers are looking to create reinforced tablets so the apes can have free reign with the tablets without the need for human intervention. The animals love watching bright videos and images, says Zimmerman (BBC) and are especially happy when they recognize the people in the images or see other orangutans.

Continues Zimmerman: "They love moving images. They love bright things. They like to be entertained! They love new things, so one of the first things we're going to do to incorporate that is make sure the facilities have wi-fi capabilities so that the orangutans can actually have access to unlimited information - of course with the keepers guiding them."

Into the future, the group wants to have reinforced tablets created so the apes can use the tablets and throw them around without worrying about destroying $500 tablets within seconds. As of now, the average life span of an iPad without human help is just 15 seconds.

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16 user comments

11.1.2012 22:41

Caesar isn't allowed to have one.. just sayin.

21.1.2012 22:42

It makes sense...they have a similar intelligence to the target audience.

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They love moving images. They love bright things.
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32.1.2012 0:07

Not surprising if the mentally handicapp can use this user friendly device, I'm sure apes can too.


"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

42.1.2012 1:46

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Caesar isn't allowed to have one.. just sayin.
wondering when someone was going to make a Planet of the Apes joke

52.1.2012 4:07
llongtheD
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I hate to be the guy that says the monkey is f#cking the tablet, but the monkey is f#cking the tablet.

62.1.2012 11:15

Originally posted by llongtheD:
I hate to be the guy that says the monkey is f#cking the tablet, but the monkey is f#cking the tablet.
Someone had to be the guy!

72.1.2012 14:05

If you just want to screw around with your iPad, there an ape for that lol.

Wounder what would happen if the ape goes to a dirty website (apes gone wild, dirty zoo network, barely legal apes, the list goes on lol)?


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82.1.2012 14:56

Don't they use Gorilla Glass?


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

93.1.2012 0:17

Originally posted by dEwMe:
Don't they use Gorilla Glass?

No...they thought about using android devices, then they remembered planet of the apes and decided to give them worthless play toys from Apple instead.

103.1.2012 15:27

Ahh........this is clearly a sign of hope for those that make up 40% of the U.S. population and 97% of our crime.

114.1.2012 1:56

i think its good.people look at animals like orangutans and think stupid smelly primative animals and people dont take the time to test there potential.


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124.1.2012 5:20

I am watching the older Planet Of The Apes series and take a break to see this on Afterdawn! I wonder if this is really the beginning of mans fall and Apes rising...!


:/

134.1.2012 10:55

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
i think its good.people look at animals like orangutans and think stupid smelly primative animals and people dont take the time to test there potential.
Ummmm...............WTF??????????????

145.1.2012 19:30

don't let them watch PROJECT X.
imdb it young-ins.

155.1.2012 23:08

Originally posted by ronatola:
don't let them watch PROJECT X.
imdb it young-ins.
DUDE! I agree but Apes rescuing humans doesn't sell that well though. '

As for jokes there is something funny about poo flingers playing with an ipad and possibly flinging an Angry Bird. I base this humor on a study I read recently that came to the hypothesis that the smartest apes flung the most poo. Having trouble coming up with the setup and punchline though. But there's the material. Angry Turds? Nah that aint it.

167.1.2012 8:12

There's still hope for you guys.

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